The Indian cricket Board has made some touching gestures recently, like the one- time benefit purse to select retired Test and first- class players, including their widows, who were moved to tears on hearing the news.
Now, in another praiseworthy gesture, the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) has decided to compensate five players who had to forego part of their 2011 Indian Premier League ( IPL) and Champions League T20 fees due to injuries sustained while representing India.
The BCCI has decided to pay around Rs 7 crore as compensation to Sachin Tendulkar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan for having missed matches in either IPL or Champions League T20 last year.
The Board decided to pay compensation as it failed to insure the contracted players due to time constraint, despite promising them at a meeting in Mumbai before the February- April World Cup.
The BCCI has, however, insured the 37 contracted players this year and is paying a premium of about ` 4 crore.
The then BCCI president and secretary, Shashank Manohar and N Srinivasan, respectively, had assured a group of senior players at the meeting that all the contracted players would be insured.
“ A few senior players — Sachin, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, and Ashish Nehra etc. — had met Manohar and Srinivasan before the World Cup to discuss a few issues like that of the physios and players’ insurance,” a top BCCI official aware of the developments told M AIL T ODAY . “ At the meeting, the players were assured that if any of the contracted players got injured while playing for India, he would get compensation for the money he would thus lose for missing matches for his IPL franchise either in the 2011 IPL or the Champions League T20,” he said.
The BCCI, however, could not get the insurance done because, as the official said, the two contracts – one between players and the Board and another between players and their franchises – were signed very late, leaving no time for the Board to complete the insurance formalities. “ It so happened that Nehra got injured during the World Cup semifinals against Pakistan in Mohali and the other four players either got injured or aggravated their injuries on the tour of England, following the trip to the West Indies immediately after the World Cup,” said the official.
Tendulkar missed the entire CLT20 due to a toe injury that he aggravated during the forgettable tour of England and missed the five- match ODI series after playing in the Test series.
Middle order batsman Rohit was struck on the finger by a Stuart Broad delivery during the first ODI in Chester- le- Street on September 3.
Munaf suffered an ankle injury when he fell on the ground while chasing the ball during the fifth ODI in Cardiff on September 16.
Pace spearhead Zaheer was the biggest disappointment as he suffered a strained right hamstring on the very first day of first Test at Lord’s, London, on July 21.
Left- arm pacer Nehra fractured his finger while attempting to take a catch of Shahid Afridi during the World Cup semi- finals against Pakistan and missed the entire 2011 IPL season for Pune Warriors India. He hasn’t played for India since.
“ Since the top BCCI official had given their word to the players, now Srinivasan, with due approval of the working committee, has decided to pay the compensation to the five players,” the official informed. “ And, the Board has insured all the contracted players this year and is paying ` 4 crore as premium.”
PLAYERS ON COMPENSATION LIST
SACHIN TENDULKAR: The Mumbai Indians captain missed the entire 2011 CLT20 after aggravating a toe injury during the England tour and missed the five ODIs
ROHIT SHARMA: The Mumbai Indians’ middle order batsman fractured his right index finger during the first ODI in Chesterle- Street and he too missed CLT20
MUNAF PATEL: The pacer suffered an ankle injury during the fifth ODI in Cardiff and was forced to miss the CLT20, adding to Mumbai Indians’ woes
ZAHEER KHAN: The Royal Challengers pacer strained his right hamstring on the first day of first Test at Lord’s, London, and missed the CLT20
ASHISH NEHRA: Fractured his finger while attempting a catch during the World Cup semi- final against Pakistan & missed the 2011 IPL for Pune Warriors